2017 AAPB Annual Meeting


Workshops

WS01: Heart Rate Variability Biofeedback: Principles and Practice Part I

Wednesday, March 15, 2017
8:00 AM to 5:30 PM

This full-day workshop fulfills 7.5 hours of BCIA's Certificate of Completion in Heart Rate Variability (HRV) Biofeedback didactic blueprint and provides a practical introduction to this exciting modality. Attendees will cover the cardiac, respiratory, and autonomic anatomy and physiology needed to effectively train HRV. They will explore the meaning and sources of HRV. They will review how to successfully use the photoplethysmograph (PPG), electrocardiogram (ECG), and respirometer in clinical and optimal performance training. Equipment demonstrations will cover sensor placements, recognition of valid signals, control of artifacts, and tracking tests to ensure recording accuracy. Finally, attendees will examine the meaning, properties, and correlates of HRV time domain and frequency domain measurements. They will learn how to interpret short-term measurements using published norms. The instructors will provide detailed and professionally illustrated PowerPoints with extensive glossaries.

Speakers:

  • Fred Shaffer PhD, BCB
  • Donald Moss PhD, BCB, BCN

Learning Objectives:

  • Attendees will be able to explain the anatomy and physiology of the cardiovascular system, respiratory system, and autonomic nervous system relevant to heart rate variability.
  • Attendees will be able to explain what heart rate variability is and why it is important to their clients.
  • Attendees will be able to identify the main processes that create heart rate variability.
  • Attendees will be able to describe blood volume pulse (BVP), electrocardiogram (ECG), and respirometer methods for monitoring heart rate variability and breathing, and to identify common sensor placements, to describe tracking tests, and to recognize and control common artifacts.
  • Attendees will be able to explain the time domain (HR Max - HR Min, pNN50, RMSSD, SDNN) and frequency domain (VLF, LF, HF, LF/HF) measures of heart rate variability.

Who Should Attend:
This workshop is designed for clinical and optimal performance professionals who want a practical introduction to the fundamentals of HRV biofeedback. Attendees who want to complete BCIA's Certificate of Completion in HRV Biofeedback will earn 7 of 15 required didactic hours. BCIA certificants can also earn 7 hours of continuing education toward recertification in Biofeedback.

Level: Introductory

Guidelines Applied in Practice: Practice-based learning and Improvement - (1) Attendees will be able to describe blood volume pulse (BVP), electrocardiogram (ECG), and respirometer methods for monitoring heart rate variability and breathing, and to identify common sensor placements, to describe tracking tests, and to recognize and control common artifacts. (2) Attendees will be able to explain the time domain (HR Max - HR Min, pNN50, RMSSD, SDNN) and frequency domain (VLF, LF, HF, LF/HF) measures of heart rate variability. (3) Attendees will be able to identify the limitations of brief (e.g., 5-min) HRV monitoring and to explain why brief values must be interpreted differently than 24-hour norms.

Donald MossDonald Moss Donald Moss, PhD, is Dean of College of Integrative Medicine and Health Sciences, Saybrook University, Oakland, CA. He is BCIA certified in general biofeedback and neurofeedback, and an ASCH approved training consultant in hypnosis. Dr. Moss is co-editor of Foundations of Heart Rate Variability Biofeedback (AAPB, 2016), co-author of Pathways to Illness, Pathways to Health (Springer, 2013), chief editor of Handbook of Mind-Body Medicine for Primary Care (Sage, 2003), chief editor of Biofeedback magazine. His next book with co-author Angele McGrady will be Integrative pathways: Navigating chronic illness with mind-body-spirit approach. He has published 70+ articles and chapters on psychophysiology, spirituality, health, and integrative medicine. Dr. Moss is President-Elect of the Society for Clinical and Experimental Hypnosis, past-president of the Association for Applied Psychophysiology and Biofeedback, a Board member of the Biofeedback Certification International Alliance, and past-president of Division 30 (hypnosis) of the American Psychological Association.

Fredric ShafferFredric Shaffer Fredric Shaffer, PhD, BCB is a biological psychologist and professor of Psychology and former Department Chair at Truman State University, where he has taught since 1975 and has served as Director of Truman's Center for Applied Psychophysiology since 1977. In 2008, he received the Walker and Doris Allen Fellowship for Faculty Excellence. In 2013, he received the Truman State University Outstanding Research Mentor of the Year award. He was a co-editor of Evidence-Based Practice in Biofeedback and Neurofeedback (3rd ed.) and Foundations of Heart Rate Variability Biofeedback (2016). He co-authored with Mark S. Schwartz, PhD, BCB, a chapter on entering the field and assuring competence in Biofeedback: A Practitioner's Guide (4th ed.). He is a consulting editor for Biofeedback: Clinical Journal and contributing editor for Applied Psychophysiology and Biofeedback. Dr. Shaffer is the Chair of the Biofeedback Certification International Alliance (BCIA) and AAPB Treasurer.


WS02: NeuroField pEMF, tACS, tDCS, tRNS and EEG Neurotherapy -- Part 1

Wednesday, March 15, 2017
8:00 AM to 5:00 PM

In this workshop the participant will learn how to use the NeuroField tDCS/tACS/tRNS and pEMF stimulation technology as a stand alone treatment and as a combination treatment with EEG Neurotherapy. An emphasis on the development of tretnment planning with be discussed that is based on clinical intake information and QEEG brain maps. Furthermore, specific approaches will be discussed for depression, anxiety, ADHD, TB/ and Autism/PDD diagnosis. Lastly, different variations of 19 channel EEG. Neurotherapy and stimulat/011 techniques interval training will be covered.

Speakers:

  • Nicholas Dogris, Ph.D., BCN, QEEG-D

Learning Objectives:

  • Participants will apply tACS, tDCS, tRNS treatment.
  • Participants will describe what is tACS, tDCS, tRNS and the history of its use.
  • Participants will describe how tACS Impacts the brain and promotes neuroplasticity.
  • Participants will describe how tACS Impacts the brain and promotes neuroplasticity.

Who Should Attend:
Neurotherapy professionals who are Interested in learning how to improve operant conditioning procedures and methodology in their clinical practice. Also, professionals who wish to learn more about neuromodulation and neurostimula??ion technology.

Level: Intermediate-Advanced

Guidelines Applied in Practice: Medical Knowledgee -Very few courses offer practical experience with dissection and that is something we are attempting to accomplish, i.e. offer a hands-on practicum

Nicholas DogrisNicholas Dogris Dr. Dogris is a licensed health psychologist who practices In the Eastern Sierra mountains of California. He has been researching and practicing in the EEG field since 1988, is BCIA certified In Neurofeedback and holds Diplomate status with the QEEG certification board. He is the co-founder and C.EO of NeuroField, Inc. Dr. Dogrls has developed multiple neurofeedback and neurostimulation procedures/innovations over the years with an emphasis on pulsed electromagnetic. field (pEMF), transcranial direct current (tDCS), alternating current (tACS) and random noise stimulation (tRNS). He developed the first pEMF/tACS synchronized neurofeedback methodology utlliling norm referenced data to determine stimulation effectiveness. Dr. Dogris continues to develop advanced neurotherapy methods alongside his clinical practice where he works with a diverse population ranging from children, adolescents and adults.


WS03: Stimulation Technologies Audio-visual Entrainment, Cranio-electro Stimula
Stimulation Technologies Audio-visual Entrainment, Cranio-electro Stimulation and transcranial DC Stimulation Physiology and Clinical Outcomes

Wednesday, March 15, 2017
8:00 AM to 5:00 PM

Since the discovery of photic driving by Adrian and Matthews in 1934, much has been discovered about the benefits of brainwave entrainment (BWE) or audio-visual entrainment (AVE), as it is commonly known today. The first clinical applications of AVE are the credit of Sidney Schneider who developed the first photic stimulation device called the Brain Wave Synchronizer in 1958 and prompted the first research. AVE affects cerebral blood flow, neurotransmitters, dissociative states and brainwave activity. Research on the effectiveness of AVE in promoting relaxation, cognition and hypnotic induction, treating ADD, PMS, SAD, PTSD, migraine headache, chronic pain, anxiety, depression and episodic memory is now available. Recent discoveries have shown AVE to be a powerful means of recovery from diffuse axonal brain injuries. Current interest in cranio-electro stimulation (CES) was initiated by Robinovitch, who, in 1914, made the first claim for electrical treatment of insomnia. In 1958, the book Electro-Sleep inspired research in Europe and in Eastern Block countries, as well as in South America, Asia and finally the US. Most of the roughly 200 studies have shown CES as a reliable method to reduce anxiety, depression, pain, improve sleep, and improve cognition and IQ. Transcranial DC Stimulation (tDCS) has been extensively studied since the 1980s, totalling roughly 750 studies to date. A major advantage of tDCS is that it may be applied directly over an area of concern where the cortical activity over a specific site on the brain may be enhanced or suppressed, much like NF. Over 800 studies on, tDCS including 100 on stroke rehabilitation have been published to date.

Speakers:

  • Dave Seiver, CET

Learning Objectives:

  • The attendees will be able to describe the basic concept of the technologies and the principles of operation.
  • The attendee will have an understanding how to apply these techniques for the treatment of brain injuries.
  • The attendees will be able to assess if the treatment outcomes are on par with the published research.
  • The attendees will be able to assess which technique to use for various maladies.
  • The attendees will have a basic idea how to apply the technologies to the patient.

Who Should Attend:
This course is particularly of benefit to those who have been practicing with a clinical population for some time and realize the need for some more innovative tools in their tool chest. This applies to nurses, MDs, hypno-therapists, biofeedback and neurofeedback practitioners.

Level: Intermediate

Guidance in Applied Practice: Patient Care, Medical Knowledge, System-based Practice - AVE, CES and tDCS are technologies that in many cases far outperform neurofeedback. Many maladies are unclear as to their nature EEG and qEEG data will be presented along with the underlying physiology as to why the EEG/qEEG appear the way they do.

David SieverDavid Siever Dave graduated in 1978 as an engineering technologist. He later worked in the Faculty of Dentistry at the University of Alberta designing TMJ Dysfunction related diagnostic equipment and research facilities. He organized research projects, taught basic physiology and the advanced TMJ diagnostics course. Dave had noted anxiety issues in many patients suffering with TMJ dysfunction, prompting him to study biofeedback, which he applied to the patients and then later, Dave design biofeedback devices. In 1984, Dave designed his first audio-visual entrainment (AVE) device - the "Digital Audio-visual Integration Device," or DAVID1. Since this time, through his company, Mind Alive Inc., Dave has been researching and refining AVE technology since, specifically for use in relaxation, boosting academic performance and treating anxiety, depression, PMS, ADD, FMS, SAD, pain, cognitive decline and insomnia, which he presents primarily at various conferences and for special interest medical/psychology groups. Dave also designs Cranio-Electro Stimulation (CES) products and is a leading provider of transcranial DC stimulation (tDCS) and devices. As a result of Dave's commitment to research, Mind Alive Inc now owns three patents involving neurotechnology. Dave continues to conduct research, perform a quantitative EEG service and designs new products pertaining to enhanced performance and mental wellness. Dave has developed a 30 CEU course on Stimulation Technologies with Saybrook University and the Behavior Biomedical Foundation. As a firm believer in staying young through neuro-stimulation, Dave engages in many activities spanning the flying of RC airplanes and drones, kayaking, diving, caving, biking, sailing, math, music & song-writing and most any activity that will help keep his Mind Alive.


WS04: Advanced Neurofeedback Concepts

Wednesday, March 15, 2017
8:00 AM to 5:00 PM

EEG Biofeedback has radically expanded over the past 10 years.  As a result, the list of treatment options have become overwhelming.  Amidst the clamor of competing ideologies, manufacturers and treatment modalities, it is the responsibility of the advanced EEG biofeedback clinician to create a treatment approach that is effective and engaging for the trainee/patient/client.  This workshop moves beyond the introduction to basic EEG feedback modalities and equipment, and into an overview of the state of the art of EEG, and the subsequent options and complex treatment decisions that are necessary in operating competently in the modern neurofeedback climate. We will look at concepts such as coherence and other connectivity features of the EEG, LORETA (low resolution electromagnetic tomographic analysis), FFT vs. JTFA, z-score vs. amplitude training, networks and Brodmann areas. It is a survey course that will provide foundational understanding of these newer concepts of neuromodulatory training.

Speakers:

  • Cynthia Kerson, PhD, QEEGD, BCN, BCB
  • John LeMay, MA, QEEGT, BCN, BCB

Learning Objectives:

  • This course will advise the advanced practitioner of the available modalities beyond 1- and 2 channel amplitude training to support better protocol decisions
  • Summarize Brodmann areas and network functionality
  • Recognize the difference between z-score and non z-score training
  • Utilize z-score and connectivity protocols

Who Should Attend:
Advanced practitioners of neurofeedback, educators and researchers

Level: Advanced

Guidelines Applied in Practice: Practice-based Learning and Improvement - Many practitioners are interested in utilizing newer modalities, but are not sure which would be the best for him/her. This survey course will expose each newer modality so the clinician can decide how to proceed.

John  LeMayJohn  LeMay John C. LeMay, MA, QEEGT, BCN, BCB is a Marriage and Family Therapist in Reno, NV and Pismo Beach, CA.  He received his degree in Marriage and Family Therapy in 1993 from Azusa Pacific University and started applying biofeedback to interpersonal settings just after graduating. He was licensed in California as an MFT in 1997, licensed in Nevada in 1998, and has been in private practice in Reno, NV since 1997.  In 2003 John and his colleague and friend George H. Green, PhD developed a BCI robotic device as proof of concept for weighted autonomy and computerized neural networking.  He is past president of The Biofeedback Society of California and specializes in the treatment of anxiety disorders.

Cynthia KersonCynthia Kerson Cynthia Kerson, PhD, QEEGD, BCN, BCB is currently the founder and director of education for APEd (Applied Psychophysiology Education) and adjunct professor at Saybrook University, Dept. of Psychology. She is BCIA certified in biofeedback and neurofeedback, holds certification as a diplomate in QEEG and mentors for both. Cynthia is also on the Board of Directors for the Behavioral Medicine Foundation and AAPB, served as vice president of FNNR (Foundation for Neurofeedback and Neuromodulation Research), as president of the AAPB Neurofeedback Section and is two times past president of the Biofeedback Society of California. She was in clinical practice from 1998 till 2016 in Northern California.


WS05: Current Clinical Applications of EEG-based Assessment and Treatments...
Current Clinical Applications of EEG-based Assessment and Treatments: sLORETA, Network and Hub Activation, pEMF and Integrated Methods

Wednesday, March 15, 2017
8:00 AM to 5:00 PM

This workshop will provide several new topics as well as developments in advanced methods for EEG-based assessment and neurofeedback. Specific new topics will include sLORETA network and hub analysis, imaging, and neurofeedback, including custom design of hubs and networks. Integration of clinical evaluation with neurofeedback and treatment progress will be emphasized. A new report generator and symptom checklist will be shown and explained. Cross Frequency sLORETA: Combining frequencies bands within networks that shape behavior. For instance, training theta/gamma synchrony within the frontal lobe for attention and Executive Function. Another example might be training the alpha2/gamma band between Broca's and Wierneke's Areas (Brodman 44/45 and 39/40 respectively) for learning disabilities. Ultradian sLORETA. sLORETA with the infraslow frequency band. Using the frequency rheostat in cortex (the ISF frequency band) to determine the excitability cycle of faster frequencies within and between functional regions of cortex. ISF Cross Frequency: using the rheostat within cortex identified by recent research (Lorincz, Geall, Bao, Crunelli, & Hughes, 2009; Monto, Palva, Voipio, & Palva, 2008; Vanhatalo et al., 2004) in combination with other frequency bands that are identified through QEEG analysis to be insufficient/excess and modulating these frequencies to influence behavior. Integration with pulsed electromagnetic field (pEMF) stimulation will be described, and new protocols will be shown that integrate live sLORETA brain activation imaging with stimulus control.

Speakers:

  • Thomas F. Collura, Ph.D., MSMHC, QEEG-D, BCN, NCC, LPCC
  • Penijean Gracefire, LMHC, BCN, qEEG
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Learning Objectives:

  • Describe how a QEEG assessment can be correlated with clinical signs in a functional model.
  • Explain how neurofeedback protocols that train EEG amplitude changes can be expected to lead to functional improvement in specific cases.
  • "Articulate the principles of infra-slow fluctuation (ISF) neurofeedback and the neuronal generators of ISF signals.
  • Describe the basic principles of allostasis and the use of live z-scores to lead to improved self-regulation
  • Describe the usefulness of micropower pEMF stimulation in changing brain activation patterns.

Who Should Attend:
Practitioners interested in broadening their practices to include neurofeedback using live z-scores, sLORETA, and pulsed electromagnetic stimulation as therapeutic approaches.

Level: Intermediate

Guidelines Applied in Practice: Patient Care - This workshop introduces evidence-based emerging techniques of neuromodulation, QEEG, and neurofeedback, to address difficult populations such as those with anxiety, depression, PTSD, and ASD."

Penijean GracefirePenijean Gracefire Penijean Gracefire, LMHC, BCN, qEEG-T, has eleven years experience in the emerging field of neurotherapy. She contracted for two years with the Center for Rational Living as a cognitive behavioral therapist, rehabilitating DUI and drug offenders on probation, and training new therapists. She served for five years as the Clinical Services Director at CNS Wellness of Tampa Bay, using neurofeedback, biofeedback and cognitive behavioral interventions on populations with ASD, chronic anxiety and depression, aging and cognitive decline, TBI, substance abuse, ADHD and OCD. Penijean presently dedicates her time to advancing and refining therapeutic interventions providing electrophysiological feedback to the brain and body for the purpose of optimizing central nervous system function and systemic resource availability from an allostatic perspective. Her recent work has focused on methods to improve neural connectivity in individuals with compromised function. She currently collaborates with StressTherapy Solutions, Inc. as a clinical consultant and educational coordinator, helping to create and teach training programs and materials, and to design clinical applications for 3D live brain imaging software and training approaches.

Thomas ColluraThomas Collura Thomas F. Collura, Ph.D., MSMHC, QEEG-D, BCN, NCC, LPCC is Clinical Director at the Brain Enrichment Center. He earned his doctorate from Case Western Reserve University in Biomedical Engineering with a concentration in Neuroscience, and also has undergraduate degrees from Brown University in Philosophy and Biology. He has been on the staff of the Department of Neurology, Cleveland Clinic, as a neurological computing scientist and clinical instructor in neurophysiology, and has been an Adjunct Assistant Professor at Case Western Reserve University School of Medicine. He completed his Master's degree in Mental Health Counseling from Walden University and is a National Certified Counselor as well as board certified in Quantitative EEG and in Neurofeedback. He is the author of "Technical Foundations of Neurofeedback" published by Taylor/Francis. He is a Past President of the International Association for Applied Psychophysiology and Biofeedback (AAPB)


WS06: Intelligence and EEG Information Flow: Efficiency

Wednesday, March 15, 2017
8:00 AM to 12:00 PM

The purpose of this study was to explore the relationship between the magnitude of EEG information flow and intelligence. The electroencephalogram (EEG) was recorded from 19 scalp locations from 371 subjects ranging in age from 5 years to 17.6 years. The Wechsler Intelligence test estimated I.Q. The phase slope index estimated the magnitude of information flow between all electrode combinations for difference frequency bands. Discriminant analyses were performed between high I.Q. (> 120) and low I.Q. groups (< 90). The magnitude of information flow was inversely related to I.Q. especially in the alpha and beta frequency bands. Long distance inter-electrode distances exhibited greater information flow than short interelectrode distances. Frontal-parietal correlations were the most significant. It is concluded that higher I.Q. is related to increased efficiency of local information processing and reduced long distance compensatory dynamics that supports a small-world model of intelligence

Speakers:

  • Robert Thatcher, PhD

Learning Objectives:

  • Information Coming Soon

Who Should Attend:
Students, researchers and clinicians

Level:Intermediate

Guidelines Applied in Practice: Patient Care, Medical Knowledge - How to use the qEEG in a complex sports environment and use the information to develop plans for improved performance and health.

Robert ThatcherRobert Thatcher Dr. Thatcher received a Ph.D. in psychology with a major in biopsychology from the University of Waterloo, Canada. He was a postdoctoral at the Albert Einstein College of Medicine before his appointment as an assistant professor of Psychiatry at New York Medical College and an associate professor at NYU School of Medicine then a full professor of Psychiatry at the University of Maryland. He was the 128 channel EEG program manager and Neuroimaging at NIH and the director of the EEG and MRI program at the Bay Pines VA Medical Center, Florida. He has been the recipient of the Hans Berger Award of Merit (AAPB Neurofeedback Division) and the Life Time Achievement Award for work in the scientific specialty of QEEG (ISNR). He is the author of over 200 publications, including eight books. His most recent book is entitled the "Handbook of Quantitative Electroencephalography and EEG Biofeedback".


WS07: BCIA Review

Wednesday, March 15, 2017
1:00 PM to 5:00 PM

This workshop covers areas from the BCIA blueprint of knowledge and skills, information relevant to all neurofeedback practitioners. Basic definitions and descriptions will be discussed. It will cover the highlights concerning the history of neurofeedback, research criteria for determining efficacy, efficacy levels of various disorders treated with NFB, basic neurophysiology & neuroanatomy (very brief) as these apply to assessment for biofeedback interventions, source of the electroencephalogram (EEG), instrumentation, procedures for assessment and intervention. It additionally comments on adjunctive techniques, including biofeedback and relaxation.

Speaker(s):

  • Lynda Thompson, Ph.D., C.Psych., BCN
  • Michael Thompson, M.D.
  • Learning Objectives:
    • Outline methodology for EEG data collection and interpretation using common terms including: referential, sequential, and laplacian montages; active, reference, and ground electrodes, digital versus analogue recording, QEEG, LORETA
    • List key facts concerning instrumentation terms including: impedance versus resistance, differential amplifier, sampling rates, high and low pass filters.
    • List and describe common artifacts including: eye movement, muscle tension, cardiac, cardioballistic, electrode movement
    • Draw and relate key features of normal and abnormal waveforms
    • List common findings in disorders where neurofeedback is used including: Seizure disorders, ADHD, anxiety, depression, post-concussion.

    Level: Intermediate-Advanced

    Guidance in Applied Practice:

    Michael ThompsonMichael Thompson Michael Thompson, M.D. devotes his time to the administration of the Biofeedback Institute and to writing and teaching. When formerly practicing medicine, he was Associate Professor and head of post-graduate education in Psychiatry, University of Western Ontario, examiner for the Royal College of Physicians (Canada) and chairman of their examinations committee in Psychiatry. Numerous professional publications include A Resident's Guide to Psychiatric Education. While Associate Professor, University of Toronto, he was psychiatric consultant to The Hospital for Sick Children's neurology department. His publications and presentations concerning neurofeedback and biofeedback parallel those of Lynda Thompson, including writing the comprehensive textbook The Neurofeedback Book: An Introduction to Basic Concepts in Applied Psychophysiology, published by the Association for Applied Psychophysiology. Contributions to the fields of psychiatry and applied neuroscience include 48 journal articles, 14 book chapters, and more than 150 presentations in 23 countries concerning neurofeedback and biofeedback.

    Lynda ThompsonLynda Thompson Lynda Thompson, Ph.D. is a Psychologist who has done teaching, clinical psychology, school psychology and owned learning centers. She has been Executive Director of The ADD Centre in Toronto since 1993. Her doctoral dissertation (1979) dealt with hyperactive children treated with methylphenidate. She is co-author with William Sears of The A.D.D. Book: New Understandings, New Approaches to Parenting Your Child and with Michael Thompson of The Neurofeedback Book, now in its second edition. Additionally she has authored or co-authored numerous chapters and papers on a range of topics including ADHD, Asperger's Syndrome, stress management, Parkinson's Disease, and epilepsy. Together with her husband, Michael, she is a frequent speaker at international conferences. Additionally, they conduct BCIA accredited courses in neurofeedback twice a year in Canada.


    WS08: The Role of Astroglia in Neurofeedback and its Globalization Effect

    Wednesday, March 15, 2017
    1:00 PM to 5:00 PM

    Astroglia and functional interconnectivity as theoretical basis for low frequency training Clinical evidence for evolution into lower frequency domains. The LONI Connectome project illustrating the globalization effect in the brain.

    Speaker:

    • Hanno Kirk, LICSW, PhD

    Learning Objectives:

    • Be able to list the multiple critical regulatory functions of astro glial cells, and their influence in the globalization effect of neurofeedback
    • Demonstrate understanding of the action on the brain as well as the theoretical foundations for the ultra low frequency approach
    • Be able to use Connectome maps of the brain's interconnections to explain the global effect of Neurofeedback training to self and clients
    • Develop skills for intake interviews geared towards the symptom based approach to neurofeedback.
    • Practice Intake skills in practicum session

    Who Should Attend:
    Biofeedback and neurofeedback practitioners, mental and medical health providers, graduate students,

    Level: All

    Guidelines Applied in Practice: Information Pending

    Hanno KirkHanno Kirk Hanno Kirk has been a teacher/trainer/national seminar speaker for the past 35 years. Topics taught range from graduate courses in Social Work, Psychosocial and Behavioral Aspects of Medicine, Human Sexuality, End of Life Care to Spiritual Development. Among Dr. Kirk's publications are Psychosocial and Behavioral Aspects of Medicine (2002), and Restoring the Brain: Neurofeedback as an Integrative Approach to Health (Editor, 2015).


    WS09: Foundational Breathing Essentials Beyond Biofeedback

    Wednesday, March 15, 2017
    5:30 PM to 9:30 PM

    Breathing involves more than effortless diaphragmatic movement. Decompensated physical posture can compromise the musculoskeletal system, creating major obstacles to functional breathing. While biofeedback sensors can generate awareness about breathing rate, rhythm and fluidity as well as muscle tension, it fails to provide information about proper alignment in seated or standing positions, nor suggests exercises to strengthening weakened muscles that influence breathing. During this half-day workshop, the anatomy and physiology of respiration will be briefly reviewed, and location and function of accessory muscles will be addressed. Attendees will learn how to visual assess respiration in seated and standing posture through inspection as well as basic palpation skills. Simple postural adjustments will be introduced to help clients immediately experience changes in effortlessness of breathing. Seated and standing corrective therapeutic exercises will be demonstrated and practiced during this session to help cultivate postural alignment, and instructional handouts will be provided.

    Speaker:

    • Brad Lichtenstein, ND, BCB
    • Cindi Lee Hope, ND BCB

    Learning Objectives:

    • Review anatomy of respiration
    • Learn how to visual assess breathing Learn how to manually assess breathing through palpation
    • Teach clients subtle postural adjustments to create effortless breathing
    • Practice corrective therapeutic exercises to help cultivate postural alignment

    Who Should Attend: Anyone interested in breathing and posture and anyone who teaches respiration or HRV biofeedback,

    Level: Intermediate

    Guidance in Applied Practice: Patient Care - By informing the attendees that practitioners with a psychophysiological perspective need to address the body in more ways than simply with sensors.

    Cynthia HopeCynthia Hope Dr. Hope is a faculty supervisor at Bastyr University Clinic and assistant professor at Bastyr University California with special interest in Mind-Body medicine, stress reduction using biofeedback, craniosacral therapy, hydrotherapy, authentic movement, and botanical medicine. Dr. Hope graduated from Bastyr University in Kenmore, Washington with her doctorate in Naturopathic Medicine. Prior to relocating to San Diego, she completed a teaching fellowship at Bastyr University in Washington as well. She also holds a Bachelor of Arts in Psychology with a concentration in Behavioral Neuroscience from Fairleigh Dickinson University in Madison, New Jersey. Dr. Hope has a passion for teaching. She believes in presenting options for patients and empowering them to find their own path to wellness.

    Brad LichtensteinBrad Lichtenstein Brad Lichtenstein, ND BCB believes in the power of breath to restore health and balance. As a naturopathic physician in private practice and a professor at Bastyr University for over two decades, Dr. Lichtenstein has helped people embody the lives they want to live. His approach integrates naturopathic medicine, mind-body medicine and biofeedback, depth & somatic psychology, Eastern contemplative practices, yoga and movement, bodywork and end-of-life care. He participated in a joint research study between the University of Washington and Bastyr University where he provided over 500 guided meditations to hospice patients. Dr. Lichtenstein received his doctorate of naturopathic medicine from Bastyr University. His articles have appeared in several publications and journals and he speaks nationally on topics ranging from stress-reduction, mindfulness and health, mind-body approaches to healing trauma, and issues surrounding end-of-life.


    xWS10: Special Neurofeedback Workshop with Hasan Asif
    BRINGING THE FIELDS TOGETHER IN A UNIFIED WHOLE, USE OF QUANTITATIVE BEGIN SETTING TREATMENT PROTOCOLS FOR A COMBINED NEUR/BIO FEEDBACK, TRANSCRANIAL MAGNETIC STIMULATION AND PSYCHOTHERAPY

    Wednesday, March 15, 2017
    5:30 PM to 9:30 PM

    Title: BRINGING THE FIELDS TOGETHER IN A UNIFIED WHOLE, USE OF QUANTITATIVE BEGIN SETTING TREATMENT PROTOCOLS FOR A COMBINED NEUR/BIO FEEDBACK, TRANSCRANIAL MAGNETIC STIMULATION AND PSYCHOTHERAPY

    The field of mental health is divided in it diagnostic and therapeutic approaches: Biological vs Psychological, Body vs Mind and Neurochemical Intervention vs Brain Modulation. There is a need for comprehensive approach, which brings different fields together on solid theoretical grounds. A methodology which eables us to bridge the gap in our understanding of different systems and offers a comprehensive multi-modal therapeutic synthesis. Brain wellness Center's diagnostic and treatment methodology is such an attempt. IT involves comprehensive diagnostic evaluation intergrating Bio Stress Test, qEEG Analysis and psychodymanic formulations in one whole and offers qEEG informated psychotropic use, Bio Feedback, Neurofeedback, Brain Modulation (transcranial magnetic stim) along with Psychotherapy in one integrated session.

    Speaker:

    • Hasan Asif, MD
    • Aza Mantashashvili, MD

    Learning Objectives:

    • Improved understanding of multisystem involvement in emotional and behavioral disturbance.
    • Exploring potential psychological and neurophysiological correlates.
    • Understanding the role of quantitative EEG in diagnostics and therapeutics.
    • Introduction to brain modulation and its efficacy in treatment of emotional and behavioral disorders.
    • Learning multisystem involvement in PTSD and multimodal intervention.

    Who Should Attend:
    Social work,psychologist, Psychiatrists.

    Level: Intermediate

    Guidance in Applied Practice: Medical Knowledge, Practice-based Learning and Improvement - Knowledge translation describes any activity or process that facilitates the transfer of high-quality evidence from research Into effective changes in practice, policy or products. This increasingly important discipline attempts to combine elements of research, education, quality improvement, and electronic systems development to create a seamless linkage between interventions that improve patient care and their routine implementation in daily clinical practice.

    Hasan AsifHasan Asif Hasan Asif, MD, founder and Medical Director of Brain Wellness Center, is a board-certified psychiatrist who has been in private practice for fifteen years. A 1990 graduate of A.I.M.C in Pakistan, Dr. Asif finished post graduate training in Psychiatry at New York Medical College in Valhalla New York in 1995. He joined University of West Virginia as an assistant Professor of Psychiatry. He later on worked as a Medical Director of adult partial Hospital in Fourwinds Hospital in Katonah, NY. Currently, he is a consulting Psychiatrist at Lawrence Hospital Center in Bronxville, New York.


    WS11: QEEG Guided Assessment and Neurofeedback for ADD and Autistic...

    Wednesday, March 15, 2017
    5:30 PM to 9:30 PM

    Title: QEEG Guided Assessment and Neurofeedback for ADD and Autistic Spectrum Disorder

    This workshop will present the advances in the diagnosis and treatment of Autism, Aspergers and ADD QEEG analysis. The use of QEEG to discover which subtype of Autistic (6), Aspergers (2) and ADD (4) will be explained. We will discuss the similarities and differences in symptoms and QEEG patterns of ADD, ADHD, Aspergers and Aspergers. We will present the use of QEEG and continuous performance tests to guide and monitor neurofeedback protocol selection. Neurofeedback candidate selection, protocol development and treatment decisions will be explained that lead to successful outcomes. This workshop will also review a multimodality treatment approach for patients with Autism, Aspergers and ADD. Pre- and post-neurofeedback QEEG and CPT case study data and research studies will be presented for ADD and ASD, including significant research in these areas and recent research on the effects of Neurofeedback on MRI and DTI with Autistic students.

    Speaker:

    • Michael Linden, PhD

    Learning Objectives:

    • Discuss QEEG subtypes of Autism, Aspergers and ADD and how they differ and overlap. Understand how to use CPT tests and QEEG to monitor treatment effects of medications and neurofeedback Apply neurofeedback strategies and techniques for Autism, Aspergers and ADD. Use QEEG and computerized testing to guide neurofeedback selection and protocol development

    Who Should Attend:
    Psychologists/neuropsychologists, physicians, therapists, physicians/neurologists, nurses, biofeedback/neurofeedback clinicians, students, researchers.

    Level: Intermediate

    Guidance in Applied Practice: Patient Care - This workshop will educate the audience in improving the gap between the existing diagnostic assessment techniques and using QEEG to more accurately diagnose and more successfully treat ADD/ADHD and ASD.

    Michael LindenMichael Linden Michael Linden is a licensed Psychologist and a Nationally Certified Biofeedback and Neurofeedback Therapist. Dr. Linden has been the director of Attention Learning Centers and specialized in assessment/treatment of ADD/ASD since 1982. His studies using QEEG and Neurofeedback have been featured in the LA times, NBC Dateline, ABC News, PBS, NBC News, NBC "Autism: The Hidden Epidemic", and CBS "The Doctors". Dr. Linden was involved in the initial research studies of the Theta/Beta ratio with ADHD and published the first controlled study of Neurofeedback with ADHD. Dr. Linden discovered 6 subtypes of Autism & 2 types of Aspergers based on QEEG research, which has greatly improved the success of Neurofeedback for ASD (Journal of AAPB, 2010; "QEEG Guided Neurofeedback for Autism" in the book Images in Autism , 2013). He was involved in a multi-site study of the effects of QEEG Guided Neurofeedback on connectivity measures and DTI ASD students.


    WS12: General Introduction to Biofeedback Peripherals

    Wednesday, March 15, 2017
    5:30 PM to 9:30 PM

    This 4-hour evening workshop is for researchers and health professionals who want to learn how to use peripheral biofeedback technology. The modalities that will be the focus of the session are Surface Electromyography (SEMG), Respiration, Temperature, Skin Conductance, Heart Rate (from blood volume pulse and electrocardiogram), and Heart Rate Variability. A general overview of the physiological basis for each peripheral measurement will be provided using the BioGraph Infiniti 6.0 software and hardware. Participants will have an 'hands-on'' experience using the different modalities in conjunction with audio and visual multimedia biofeedback displays.

    Speaker:

    • Jon Bale, BS.C, BCN-T

    Learning Objectives:

    • Participants will learn about the clinical utility of surface electromyography (SEMG), respiration, temperature, skin conductance, heart rate, and heart rate variability.
    • Participants will learn proper sensor and electrode application for each modality, in order to collect clean data.
    • Participants will learn how to minimize generating fake signals.
    • Participants will learn to recognize peripheral biofeedback waveforms.
    • Participants will learn what types of multimedia biofeedback work best with each type of peripheral biofeedback.

    Who Should Attend:
    This course is intended for licensed health professionals.

    Level: Introductory

    GAP Correction: Clinicians enter the field of psychophysiological measurement typically based on interest and knowledge in a single modality, unintentionally ignorant of complementary readings. Learning about other measurements can potentially increase treatment efficiency and open up a practice to new population groups.

    Jon BaleJon Bale Jon Bale is a McGill University Graduate in Biology and is BCIA certified for neurofeedback as a technician. For nearly nine years he was the Research Manager for the Biofeedback Federation of Europe (BFE), before joining the Thought Technology family as an Application Specialist. His experiences including instructing and working with various clinical leaders in the field of biofeedback and neurofeedback, including Dr. Paul G Swingle, Dr. Inna Khazan, Dr. Vietta Sue Wilson, Dr. Barry Sterman. Jon's extensive knowledge of applications in biofeedback and neurofeedback, along with his work adapting clinical methods into easy-to-use techniques, makes him an ideal individual to demonstrate the correct and effective use of Thought Technology software and hadware.


    xWS13: Motor Control: The Cinderella of Psychophysiology

    Wednesday, March 15, 2017
    5:30 PM to 9:30 PM

    Motor Control has been described as the "Cinderella of Psychology", (D. Rosenbaum, American Psychologist, Vol 60, #4, May-June, 2005, 308-317). The neglect of motor control by psychology in the science of mental life and behavior is unfortunate, especially considering that the pioneers of the study of motor control such as Thorndike and Tolman were psychologists. Surface electromyography (SEMG) and to a lesser degree heart rate variability (HRV) training are psychophysiological methods that can help patients who have suffered a loss of motor control to regain function. This session will address the use of psychophysiological methods (primarily SEMG and HRV) in helping patients regain lost motor function. The main focus will be on patients who have either been born with missing motor function (such as cerebral palsy) or have lost it because of illness or injury (cerebral infection/stroke, head injury, disease). The session will cover strategies to use in the development of a treatment plan, a method of muscle targeting, and the use of Quantitative Surface Electromyography (QSEMG). Like its cousin QEEG in brain work, QSEMG looks at the pattern of muscles that function as a unit to determine what has gone wrong in the recruitment symphony to cause the loss of function.

    Speaker:

    • Jeffrey Bolek, Ph.D

    Learning Objectives:

    • This session will help you incorporate the use of surface electromyography in your treatment of patients that have lost motor function.
    • The session will teach the learner the typical constellation of muscles used in functional activities and the SEMG counterpart.
    • The learner will be able to incorporate the principles of QSEMG in the development of a treatment plan for their patients.
    • The learner will be able to include the principles of learning theory in the development of treatment plans for their patient.

    Who Should Attend:
    Psychologists, Physical Therapists, Occupational Therapists, Physiatrists, Chiropractors, any medical practitioner involved in the recovery of motor function.

    Level: Introductory

    Guidelines Applied in Practice: Patient Care, Medical Knowledge, Practice-based Learning and Improvement - As the title indicates, motor control has been largely neglected by psychology. The use of the rich history that motor control has in psychology coupled with psychophysiological methods can greatly increase the chance of motor recovery in patients who have lost it.

    Jeffrey BolekJeffrey Bolek Dr.Jeffrey Bolek has been in practice for over 30 years including 26 at the Cleveland Clinic Foundation and now in private practice at Motor Control Restoration LLC. He is on the staff at University Hospital's Avon Rehabilitation Center in Avon, Ohio. He has developed a unique form of surface electromyography, Quantitative Surface Electromyography, that has been shown to greatly improve the outcome of patients who have suffered a loss of motor function. He has numerous publications and presentations on the topic and is past president of the AAPB. He received the Sheila Adler Award from AAPB in 2015 for his contribution to the field.


    WS14: Heart Rate Variability Biofeedback (HRVB): Principals and Practices Part 2

    Thursday, March 16, 2017
    8:00 AM to 5:00 PM

    This workshop fulfills 7.5 hours of BCIA's Heart Rate Variability (HRV) Biofeedback didactic blueprint and will cover the mechanisms, procedures, and clinical applications. It will review autonomic psychophysiology, particularly with regard to the vagal and baroreflex systems and the Polyvagal Theory. Measurement(time and frequency domains) and analyses of HRV will be demonstrated. Resonance effects on heart rate variability will be explained as the mechanism for high HRV amplitudes achieved during the procedure. Studies showing physiological and psychological effects of HRV biofeedback will be reviewed, as well as data on clinical effects. A protocol for administering HRV biofeedback will be described. Experiential exercises will be done, whereby participants find their own HRV resonance frequencies. Participants are encouraged to bring their own HRV biofeedback units, if they own any (not required).

    Speaker:

    • Paul Lehrer, PhD, BCB
    • Richard Gevirtz, PhD

    Learning Objectives:

    • Attendees will be able to explain the anatomy and physiology of the cardiovascular system, respiratory system, and autonomic nervous system relevant to heart rate variability.
    • Attendees will be able to explain what heart rate variability is and why it is important to their clients.
    • Attendees will be able to identify the main processes that create heart rate variability.
    • Attendees will be able to describe blood volume pulse (BVP), electrocardiogram (ECG), and respirometer methods for monitoring heart rate variability and breathing, and to identify common sensor placements, to describe tracking tests, and to recognize and control common artifacts.
    • Attendees will be able to explain the time domain (HR Max - HR Min, pNN50, RMSSD, SDNN) and frequency domain (VLF, LF, HF, LF/HF) measures of heart rate variability.

    Who Should Attend : This workshop is designed for clinical and optimal performance professionals who want a practical introduction to the fundamentals of HRV biofeedback. Attendees who want to complete BCIA's Certificate of Completion in HRV Biofeedback will earn 7 of 15 required didactic hours. BCIA certificants can also earn 7 hours of continuing education toward recertification in Biofeedback.

    Level: Intermediate

    Guidelines Applied in Practice: Practice-based Learning and Improvement - Attendees will be able to describe blood volume pulse (BVP), electrocardiogram (ECG), and respirometer methods for monitoring heart rate variability and breathing, and to identify common sensor placements, to describe tracking tests, and to recognize and control common artifacts. (2) Attendees will be able to explain the time domain (HR Max - HR Min, pNN50, RMSSD, SDNN) and frequency domain (VLF, LF, HF, LF/HF) measures of heart rate variability. (3) Attendees will be able to identify the limitations of brief (e.g., 5-min) HRV monitoring and to explain why brief values must be interpreted differently than 24-hour norms.

    Richard GevirtzRichard Gevirtz Richard Gevirtz is Distinguished Professor at Alliant International University, California School of Professional Psychology. He is a well-known researcher, clinician, and teacher, specializing on applied psychophysiology. He has published widely on topics including physiological patterning in stress related and anziety disorders, clinical protocols for biofeedback training, mediators of autonomic control, temporomandibular disorders, mechanisms of muscle pain, psychophysiological aspects of vascular headaches, respiratory psychophysiology. he is a part president of AAPB and an associate editor of Applied Psychophysiology and Biofeedback.

    Paul LehrerPaul Lehrer Paul Lehrer is professor of Psychiatry at Rutgers Robert Wood Johnson Medical School. For over 45 years, he has done research and clinical work on effects of psychophysiological therapies and CBT on a variety of disorders, including anxiety, mood disorders, somatization, headache, pain, and asthma. He is a past president of AAPB and associate editor of Applied Psychophysiology and Biofeedback, and is senior editor of Principles and Practice of Stress Management, now in its third edition. His primary research focus for the past 25 years has been in heart rate variability biofeedback. He also has published widely on progressive relaxation and other methods of applied psychophysiology.


    WS15: NeuroField pEMF, tACS, tDCS, tRNS and EEG Neurotherapy -- Part 2

    Thursday, March 16, 2017
    8:00 AM to 5:00 PM

    In this workshop the participant will learn how to use the NeuroField tDCS/tACS/tRNS and pEMF stimulation technology as a stand alone treatment and as a combination treatment with EEG Neurotherapy. An emphasis on the development of tretnment planning with be discussed that is based on clinical intake information and QEEG brain maps. Furthermore, specific approaches will be discussed for depression, anxiety, ADHD, TB/ and Autism/PDD diagnosis. Lastly, different variations of 19 channel EEG. Neurotherapy and stimulat/011 techniques interval training will be covered.

    Speaker:

    • Nicholas Dogris, Ph.D., BCN, QEEG-D
    • Learning Objectives:

      • Participants will apply tACS, tDCS, tRNS treatment.
      • Participants will describe what is tACS, tDCS, tRNS and the history of its use.
      • Participants will describe how tACS Impacts the brain and promotes neuroplasticity.
      • Participants will describe how tACS Impacts the brain and promotes neuroplasticity.

      Who Should Attend Neurotherapy professionals who are Interested in learning how to improve operant conditioning procedures and methodology in their clinical practice. Also, professionals who wish to learn more about neuromodulation and neurostimulation technology. Level: Intermediate

      GAP Correction: Information Coming Soon

    Nicholas DogrisNicholas Dogris Dr. Dogrls is a licensed health psychologist who practices In the Eastern Sierra mountains of California. He has been researching and practicing in the EEG field since 1988, is BCIA certified In Neurofeedback and holds Diplomate status with the QEEG certification board. He is the co-founder and C.EO of NeuroField, Inc. Dr. Dogrls has developed multiple neurofeedback and neurostimulation procedures/innovations over the years with an emphasis on pulsed electromagnetic. field (pEMF), transcranial direct current (tDCS), alternating current (tACS) and random noise stimulation (tRNS). He developed the first pEMF/tACS synchronized neurofeedback methodology utlliling norm referenced data to determine stimulation effectiveness. Dr. Dogris continues to develop advanced neurotherapy methods alongside his clinical practice where he works with a diverse population ranging from children, adolescents and adults.


    WS16: Optimizing Performance with Biofeedback and Mindfulness

    Thursday, March 16, 2017
    8:00 AM to 5:00 PM

    This workshop focuses on the needs of high achieving professionals, such as business executives, lawyers, managers, scientists, musicians and athletes. You will learn how to help them optimize their performance, increase resilience and ability to self-regulate. Our ability to self-regulate is at the core of how we handle stressful situations. Even the best trained and experienced people may find their physiological and emotional responses getting in the way of most optimal actions in challenging situations. We will discuss ways to train our bodies and our brains to foster a resilient response to stress and improve post-event recovery. Biofeedback and mindfulness are uniquely suited to improving ones ability to self-regulate in challenging situations. We will cover specific applications of biofeedback and mindfulness techniques, in optimizing performance, using lecture, open discussion, and first-hand experience with mindfulness and biofeedback.

    Speaker:

    • Inna Khazan, PhD, BCB

    Learning Objectives:

    • Discuss the concept of mindfulness and its relevance to performance, resilience, and self-regulation
    • Discuss the concept of biofeedback and its relevance to performance, resilience, and self-regulation
    • Observe and/or experience specific mindfulness and biofeedback techniques
    • Explain how to apply mindfulness and biofeedback skills in optimizing performance
    • Begin applying those skills to your own practice

    Who Should Attend Anyone interested in learning to use biofeedback and mindfulness to help achieve optimal performance

    Level: Intermediate

    Guidelines Applied in Practice: Patient Care - The workshop will teach its audience ways to capitalize on their clients' strengths in improving performance in all areas of life, thereby improving patient care.

    Inna  KhazanInna  Khazan Inna Khazan, Ph.D., BCB is a faculty member at Harvard Medical School, where she has taught biofeedback and supervised trainees since 2008. A clinical psychologist specializing in health psychology and biofeedback, Dr. Khazan also maintains a private practice in Boston, working with clients on optimizing their health and performance, using biofeedback and mindfulness based approaches. She has been invited to give keynote and conference presentations and teach workshops at national and international conferences on the topics of biofeedback and mindfulness. Dr. Khazan has conducted biofeedback and mindfulness trainings for notable institutions in the US and abroad, including the US Navy Special Warfare and the Stuttgart Opera and Ballet Company. Dr. Khazan is recognized as a pioneer in the area of mindfulness and acceptance based biofeedback, and is the author of a highly regarded Clinical Handbook of Biofeedback: A Step-by-Step Guide to Training and Practice with Mindfulness.


    WS17: Stress and Its Management: Nuts, Bolts and Wrenches

    Thursday, March 16, 2017
    8:00 AM to 5:00 PM

    Stress provokes complex physiological responses which effects every body system. Research on stress has exponentially increased in the last few years as has concerns about the effects of stress in the workplace and on disease. In this combination didactic and experiential workshop, participants will learn about the stress response and stress management utilizing an integrated science based approach. The pathways of stress response and its effect on each major organ system, the intestinal microbiome, and epigenetics will be examined. The relationship between stress and disease will be demonstrated. A number of scientifically confirmed stress management techniques will be demonstrated and experienced by participants. The role of diet, exercise, medication, biofeedback and other modalities in an integrative approach will be discussed. Participants will have a handheld HRV device to use during the experiential portions of the workshop. Participants are encouraged to bring their own biofeedback equiptment for self monitoring.

    Speaker: Jan Newman, MD, MA, FACS, ABIHM

    Learning Objectives:

    • The participant will be able to describe the physiology of the stress response.
    • The participant will be able to describe the effect of stress on the microbiome
    • The Participant will be able to list effects of early life stress
    • The participant will be able to list diseases in which biofeedback has been shown to be helpful
    • The parcipant will be able to list effects of low CO2

    Who Should Attend: This workshop can benefit all levels of practioners

    Level: All

    Guidelines in Applied Practice: Patient Care, Medical Knowledge, Interpersonal and Communication Skills, Professionalism - For psychologists it will demonstrate what the physiology is that is being treated in disease state. For medical professionals, it will demonstrate the psycho-social aspects of disease. In both these instances, it will improve communication between professionals and with patients. It will further understanding of stress for all.

    Jan NewmanJan Newman Dr. Jan B. Newman received her M.D. from SUNY Downstate Medical Center, surgical training at UTMB Galveston and the University of Vermont. She is a fellow of the American College of Surgeons and board certified in Integrative and Holistic Medicine. She has studied and practiced meditation, Yoga, Buddhism and biofeedback in the U.S and in India for over 30 years. She is past President of ISMA .She is dedicated to the integration of sound medical practice with scientifically based multimodality stress reduction for disease mitigation and prevention and bringing scientifically based multimodality stress reduction to diverse populations. She is an internationally requested speaker and has presented on topics including Stress: Manifestations, Mechanisms, and Management, Spirituality and Health, the Relationship of Stress and Disease, Oxytocin the Anti-stress Hormone, Cardiopulmonary Anatomy and Physiology and the response of the Cardiopulmonary System to Stress.


    WS18: The Academy of Ancient Practices and Associations: Evolutionary Approaches

    Thursday, March 16, 2017
    8:00 AM to 12:00 PM

    Although arguably the world's most adaptable animals, humans are not blank slates. Rather we evolved to require certain types of input from our bodies, our social surroundings and the larger physical environment to function optimally. Many aspects of the modern world have separated us from these inputs, leading to increased rates of depression and a host of physical conditions characterized by dysregulation of the immune system and other brain-body pathways. The central insight of this workshop is that a judicious re-introduction of these inputs into our lives is a powerful way to enhance physical health and emotional well-being and to help us make the most of all the opportunities that modern life offers. Dr. Raison will begin the workshop by reviewing evidence that certain ancient practices may hold significant therapeutic promise, given their ability to "supercharge" health-promoting social and environmental inputs. Conversely, other types of ancient practices provide novel techniques for helping counteract aspects of our evolutionary legacy that are producing many of the modern world's social and health-related problems. Dr. Raison will also explore the possibility that a cautious re-exposure to co-evolved organisms, large and small, may hold therapeutic potential. The workshop will provide a "hands-on" component focused on programs that tap into the therapeutic potential of a range of ancient practices. Dr. Klich will discuss and demonstrate a set of ancient practices, compassion-based meditation techniques, specifically designed to counteract the evolved human tendency to see the world in terms of in-groups and out-groups, or us and them. She will share these compassion practices can be incorporated into clinical practice, in particular within biofeedback treatment, in ways that help clinicians and clients reduce toxic states of mind that are known to promote both mental and physical disease.

    Speaker:

    • Charles Raison, MD
    • Urzsula Klich, PhD

    Learning Objectives:

    • Describe biological and behavioral pathways by which certain ancient practices may improve emotional and physical health
    • Describe evidence suggesting the re-exposure to immunoregulatory co-evolved micro-organisms may hold promise for the treatment of mental and physical disorders.
    • Implement an integrated wellness program that includes diet, exercise, sleep, social connection and mindfulness, into clinical practice.
    • Incorporate compassion practices into clinical practice, in particular within biofeedback treatment, in ways that help reduce toxic states of mind known to promote both mental and physical disease.

    Level: Intermediate

    Who Should Attend: Because this workshop contains both theoretical and pragmatic components, it will be of interest to researchers anc clinicians. Anyone with an interest in novel ways for improving well-being in the modern world will find this talk to be of benefit. Specifically, this workshop will be appropriate for any mental health professional, as well as for physicians more generally and for researchers interested in ecological/evolutionary approaches to health.

    Guidelines Applied in Practice: Patient Care, Medical Knowledge - This workshop will provide a theoretical overview for why the judicious re-introduction of certain ancient practices and lost associations with other species may hold promise for enhancing emotional and physical health in the modern world. This type of overview will help the audience place these practices in a richer context both for themselves and for their clients/patients, which is often therapeutically useful in-and-of-itself. This theoretical overview will be followed by presentations that provide specific instruction on how to implement a number of ancient practices into the clinical arena.

    Urszula KlichUrszula Klich Dr. Urszula Klich shares over 20 years of clinical expertise in teaching self-regulation tools to maximize physical and emotional health in her workshops that are sought after locally and internationally. She is certified in the Cognitively-Based Compassion Training (CBCT) meditation practice and board certified in biofeedback. Her specialized program of Mindfulness-Based Biofeedback (MBB) has been applied with children and adults in settings ranging from hospitals to university classrooms. The premise of the program is that integrating mindfulness and compassion-informed treatment with health psychology fosters each individual's healing power to improve physical, emotional, and spiritual well-being. Living mindfully is advantageous and accessible to anyone who recognizes a need for shift in their life and sets an intention to move forward.

    Charles RaisonCharles Raison Charles Raison, MD, is the Mary Sue and Mike Shannon Chair for Healthy Minds, Children & Families and Professor, School of Human Ecology, and Professor, Department of Psychiatry, School of Medicine and Public Health, University of Wisconsin-Madison in Madison, WI. Prior to this he was Professor in the Department of Psychiatry, College of Medicine, and the Barry and Janet Lang Professor of Integrative Mental Health at the Norton School of Family and Consumer Sciences, College of Agriculture and Life Sciences, University of Arizona. In addition to his academic positions, Dr. Raison serves as the founding Director of the Center for Compassion Studies in the College of Social and Behavioral Sciences at the University of Arizona and the mental health expert for CNN.com. Dr. Raison is internationally recognized for his studies examining novel mechanisms involved in the development and treatment of major depression and other stress-related emotional and physical conditions, as well as for his work examining the physical and behavioral effects of compassion training.


    WS19: Optimizing Sleep - From Insomniacs to Elite Performers

    Thursday, March 16, 2017
    8:00 AM to 12:00 PM

    It is estimated that 20-30% of adults suffer from insomnia. The National Institutes of Health declared insomnia an epidemic and the consequences (illness, accidents, decreased productivity) are estimated to cost up to $80 billion annually. While not as well recognized, elite performers such as athletes, executives and musicians, may also experience poor sleep due to high levels of stress, anxiety and travel. With the increased recognition of the side-effects of pharmacological agents, alternative strategies to optimize sleep has gained popularity. The neurocognitive theory of insomnia, characterized by cortical arousal and the associated high frequency beta and gamma power, has lead to the investigation of biofeedback, in particular neurofeedback, as a means to enhance sleep quality and quantity. This session will explore the mechanisms behind poor sleep in insomniacs and elite performers and discuss the most recent evidence to support the use of neurofeedback in aiding sleep in these populations. Finally, recent experience with preparing athletes for optimal sleep at the Rio 2016 Olympic Games will be presented.

    Speaker:

    • Shona Halson, PhD

    Learning Objectives:

    • Summarize the major causes and consequences of poor sleep
    • Recognize some of the techniques that may be useful to enhance sleep in insomniacs and elite performers
    • Understand the potential role of biofeedback and neurofeedback in enhancing sleep
    • Understand the most recent research on the use of biofeedback and neurofeedback for sleep

    Who Should Attend:
    Information Coming Soon

    Level:
    Intermediate

    Guidelines Applied in Practice: Information Coming Soon

    Shona HalsonShona Halson Shona Halson is a Senior Physiologist at the Australian Institute of Sport, where her role involves service provision, education and scientific research. She has a PhD in Exercise Physiology and has been involved in conducting research into the areas of sleep, recovery and fatigue. She is an Associate Editor of the International Journal of Sports Physiology and Performance Shona was selected as the Director of the Australian Olympic Committee Recovery Centre for the 2008 Beijing Olympic Games, the 2012 London Olympic Games and the Rio 2016 Olympic Games. She has published numerous peer-reviewed articles and has authored several book chapters on sleep, fatigue and recovery.


    WS20: ADHD + Comorbidities: Accurate Assessment leads to Effective...

    Thursday, March 16, 2017
    8:00 AM to 12:00 PM

    Title: ADHD + Comorbidities: Accurate Assessment leads to Effective Multi-modal Treatment.

    This workshop will outline an individualized approach to treating people with ADHD. The material will cover an overview of diagnosis - what ADHD is and what it is not - and then describe the steps a clinician takes to assess and treat this common disorder. The basic idea is that a comprehensive assessment leads to an effective intervention. People who have ADHD symptoms can vary from children with symptoms of inattention, impulsivity and hyperactivity to patients who have these symptoms as part of a complex array of other difficulties: Learning Disabilities, Asperger's Syndrome, Autistic Spectrum Disorders, Affect Disorders, movement disorders including Tourette's and Parkinson's, and Post-Concussion Syndrome. Assessment will therefore vary depending on the presenting symptoms. The methods developed working with clients for more than 20 years at the ADD Centre and Biofeedback Institute of Toronto will be shared so that others can replicate our work which has thus far been successful. The assessment includes history taking and we will provide an outline for gathering the relevant information. Discussion of medication, diet, sleep and exercise is included in the clinical interview. Objective data collection includes administration of computerized continuous performance tests (TOVA and IVA) and EEG data collection. Subjective measures include questionnaires and a request to draw a person. A single channel EEG recording from the Cz location provides information that leads to a practice training session. The client also does a battery of neurocognitive tests on-line, either at the office or at home. All this can be accomplished in a half-day assessment. With complex patients testing can also include any or all of the following: 19 channel QEEG, event related potentials (ERPs), heart rate variability (HRV), a stress assessment that tracks muscle tension (EMG), skin conductance, finger temperature, heart rate and respiration. Computerized neurocognitive testing is done on-line. Full psychoeducational testing can be carried out at the centre if needed, during a separate appointment. Theoretical aspects of the workshop include a brief review of Brodmann areas and brain connectivity leading to an overview of relevant brain networks, including discussion of salience and attention networks. There will also be a review of some of the research that establishes neurofeedback as an efficacious treatment for ADHD. A main part of the workshop will be an outline of how to design multimodal intervention for each client that is based on the assessment data. For simple cases of ADHD training combines single channel neurofeedback with heart rate variability training (or "tummy breathing" with a young child) and metacognitive strategies. Sleep is particularly important in ADHD and the link between neurofeedback and improved sleep will be explained. Intervention with patients who have ADHD symptoms as part of other disorders may require LORETA z-score neurofeedback rather than single channel training. Adjunctive techniques like transcranial direct current stimulation (tDCS) and hemoencephalograhy (HEG) will be described. The theoretical aspects of this workshop will be supported by case examples. A hands-on demonstration will be done if the participants wish it and as time allows.

    Speaker(s):

  • Lynda Thompson, Ph.D., C.Psych., BCN
  • Michael Thompson, M.D.
  • Learning Objectives:

    • List the components of a comprehensive assessment for ADHD.
    • Describe the EEG patterns commonly found in people with ADHD when a single channel assessment is done
    • State the most frequently used EEG parameters for improving attention span and concentration.
    • Describe the rationale for increasing sensorimotor rhythm (SMR) and the method for doing this (electrode placement and determination of frequency ranges) in order to help people in patients who are hyperactive and impulsive.
    • Be familiar with the Theta - Beta Power Ratios published by Monastra, Lubar et al. (1999) and how they are used to support diagnosis and evaluate training success in people with ADHD.

    Who Should Attend:
    Information Coming Soon

    Level: Information Coming Soon

    Michael ThompsonMichael Thompson Michael Thompson, M.D. devotes his time to the administration of the Biofeedback Institute and to writing and teaching. When formerly practicing medicine, he was Associate Professor and head of post-graduate education in Psychiatry, University of Western Ontario, examiner for the Royal College of Physicians (Canada) and chairman of their examinations committee in Psychiatry. Numerous professional publications include A Resident's Guide to Psychiatric Education. While Associate Professor, University of Toronto, he was psychiatric consultant to The Hospital for Sick Children's neurology department. His publications and presentations concerning neurofeedback and biofeedback parallel those of Lynda Thompson, including writing the comprehensive textbook The Neurofeedback Book: An Introduction to Basic Concepts in Applied Psychophysiology, published by the Association for Applied Psychophysiology. Contributions to the fields of psychiatry and applied neuroscience include 48 journal articles, 14 book chapters, and more than 150 presentations in 23 countries concerning neurofeedback and biofeedback.

    Lynda ThompsonLynda Thompson Lynda Thompson, Ph.D. is a Psychologist who has done teaching, clinical psychology, school psychology and owned learning centers. She has been Executive Director of The ADD Centre in Toronto since 1993. Her doctoral dissertation (1979) dealt with hyperactive children treated with methylphenidate. She is co-author with William Sears of The A.D.D. Book: New Understandings, New Approaches to Parenting Your Child and with Michael Thompson of The Neurofeedback Book, now in its second edition. Additionally she has authored or co-authored numerous chapters and papers on a range of topics including ADHD, Asperger's Syndrome, stress management, Parkinson's Disease, and epilepsy. Together with her husband, Michael, she is a frequent speaker at international conferences. Additionally, they conduct BCIA accredited courses in neurofeedback twice a year in Canada.


    WS21: Presentation by Dr. Daniel Amen - Change Your Brain, Change Your Life

    Thursday, March 16, 2017
    1:00 PM to 5:00 PM

    Change Your Brain, Change Your Life

    The breakthrough program for conquering anxiety, depression, obsessiveness, lack of focus, anger and memory problems.

    Speaker:

    • Daniel Amen, MD, Board Certified, American Board of Psychiatry and Neurology, General Psychiatry

    Learning Objectives:

    • 12 Principles to improve your brain and your life
    • How to empower yourself with each brain system
    • How to connect with healthier, deeper relationships
    • Dr. Amen's secrets to eating brain healthy
    • Discover natural ways to enhance your brain

    Who Should Attend: All

    Level: All

    Daniel AmenDaniel Amen Dr. Daniel Amen is a neuroscientist, physician, double board certified psychiatrist, and then-time New York Times bestselling author. He is a Distinguished Fellow of the American Psychiatric Association, the highest award given to members, and is the lead researcher on the world'slargest brain imaging and rehabilitation study on professional football players. Dr. Amen believes that brain health is central to all health and success. "When your brain works right," he says, "you work right; and when your brain is troubled, you are much more likely to have trouble in your life."


    WS22: Bio-feedback, Virtual Reality and other techniques used to facilitate...

    Thursday, March 16, 2017
    1:00 PM to 5:00 PM

    Bio-feedback, Virtual Reality and other techniques used to facilitate the suppression of Anxiety

    Dr. Reiner will provide a history and scientific rationale for the use of Virtual Reality and a growing list of technological add-ons which serve to bolster this already powerful treatment protocol, for adults and children. He, and his team, will discuss how a broad range of tools already familiar to most professionals will be combined in unique but highly effective ways to produce success rates exceeding 90% in just 12-16 sessions. These include qEEG, heartrate variability, EDR, NeuroField devices like pEMF and tDCS/ACS, entrainment (AVE treatment), ThTech EvuSenz, Samsung VR 360 cameras and VR glasses, various apps from Android/Apple, even drones (GPS equipped). After 18 years of mixing and matching once expensive strategies, many of the prices have dropped so quickly they are now free, the acceleration of progress accelerates. Following the presentation, attendees will have a broad understanding of available technologies and how and why they have been so successful. If you implement these strategies into your practice you will be doing things that less than a handful of mental health professionals in the USA can do.

    Speaker:

    • Robert Reiner, PhD, BCB, BCN
    • Scott Lloyd, PhD
    • Heather Davidson, PhD

    Learning Objectives:

    • To teach people the history of virtual reality.
    • Teach participations the underlying theory that supports the use of virtual reality as an exposure to all.
    • How to combine biofeedback with virtual reality.
    • Why using biofeedback is more effective than simple extinction.

    Who Should Attend: Mental Health professionals and students interested in learning about cutting age technologies.

    Level: Intermediate

    Scott LloydScott Lloyd Dr. Lloyd is the Director of therapeutic technology at Behavioral Associates; an outpatient anxiety disorder clinic in Manhattan. He focuses on the use of cutting-edge technologies to help improve treatment outcomes for patients suffering from phobic disorders. Recently he as begun a partnership to help bring the self-regulatory efficacy of bio and neurofeedback to pesons suffering from emotional dysregulation undergoing concurrent Dialectical Behavioral Therapy.

    Robert ReinerRobert Reiner Dr. Reiner is the executive director and founder of Behavioral Associates (BA), has been practicing psychology since 1981. After receiving his undergraduate degree at the University of Pennsylvania, he went on to get his Ph. D. in clinical psychology at the University of Alabama and serve his clinical internship at Bellevue Hospital. He is well known for his work in treating anxiety and phobias through biofeedback and virtual reality therapy. He has been credited for this work in articles in the Wall Street Journal, New York Times, New York Daily News, USA Today, Newsweek and Time Out magazine. He has specifically had great success in treating patients for fear of flying which was documented on an episode of The National Geographic Show featuring Dr. Reiner's work with a phobic patient.

    Heather DavidsonHeather Davidson Heather Fichtel Davidson, PsyD BCN, Director of the Children's Center, received her Bachelor of Arts from West Virginia University and both Master of Arts and Doctorate from the Chicago School of Professional Psychology. She also holds certifications from Columbia University in suicide assessment and The Albert Ellis Institute in RBT. Dr. Fichtel has specific expertise in the treatment of childhood anxiety and the disruptive behavior disorders. Her current focus of research includes the effectiveness of neurofeedback on children presenting with attention-deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD), oppositional defiance disorder, and trichotillamania. In addition to private practice, she has experience working in a psychiatric hospital, medical orphanage, and community mental health center.


    WS23: DON'T SLOUCH! BREATHE! How Posture and Breathing Impacts Health and Perfor

    Thursday, March 16, 2017
    1:00 PM to 5:00 PM

    Title: DON'T SLOUCH! BREATHE! How Posture and Breathing Impacts Health and Performance.

    Inspired or full of hot air? Feeling overwhelmed and collapsed or feeling tall? We are usually totally unaware how our posture and breathing patterns affect others and ourselves. The workshop overviews how posture communicates to others and ourselves. The workshop includes somatic practices by which participants experience the effect of posture changes on physical strength and emotional memory recall. Using posture feedback from a wearable biofeedback device with a cell phone app, UpRight, participants experience immediate feedback each time they slouch at work and at home and learns to identify situations which cause slouching (e.g., fatigue, negative/hopeless thinking or mechanical movements. The posture feedback is combined with breathing retraining and cognitive restructuring to enhance health and performance. Discussed are detailed protocols how to use breathing pattern with Upright feedback to reduce depression, back and shoulder discomfort.

    Speakers:

  • Erik Peper, PhD
  • Learning Objectives:

    • Observe by demonstration how posture feedback device, UpRight, can be used
    • Learn three behavior posture strategies to demonstrate the effect on cognitive recall, energy level and physical strengh
    • Apply posture and breathing feedback with clients

    Who Should Attend:
    clinicians and educators

    Level: Intermediate

    Guidelines Applied in Practice: Patient Care - The powerful effect of posture and breathing on health and the covert factors that effect it.

    Erik PeperErik Peper Erik Peper, Ph.D.. BCB, is an international authority on biofeedback and self-regulation and since 1971 he has been researching factors that promote healing. He is Professor of Holistic Health Studies / Department of Health Education at San Francisco State University. He is President of the Biofeedback Foundation of Europe and past President of the Association for Applied Psychophysiology and Biofeedback. He has a biofeedback practice at BiofeedbackHealth (www.biofeedbackhealth.org). He is an author of numerous scientific articles and books such as Muscle Biofeedback at the Computer, Make Health Happen, Fighting Cancer-A Nontoxic Approach to Treatment, and Biofeedback Mastery. He publishes the blog, the peper perspective-ideas on illness, health and well-being (www.peperperspective.com). He is a recognized expert on holistic health, stress management and workplace health. His research interests focus on psychophysiology of healing, illness prevention, holistic health, respiratory psychophysiology.


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